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Compare the Representation of Teenage Girls in the Films ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘Mean Girls’

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Compare the representation of teenage girls in the films ‘Bend it like Beckham’ and ‘Mean girls’
Bend it like Beckham was released in 2002 and was directed by Gurinder Chauda. The main parts of Jess and Jules are played by Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightly. Gurinder Chauda has also directed ‘Angus thongs and perfect snogging’, ‘Bhaji on a beach’ and ‘What’s cooking?’ They are all light hearted chick flicks as well as all British films. Mean girls was released in 2004 and was directed by Mark Walters. He has also directed films such as ‘Freaky Friday’, ‘Just like heaven’ and ‘Head over heels’.   The main part in mean girls ‘Cady’ is played by Lindsay Lohan, she has also starred in another light hearted chick flick, ‘Freaky Friday’. Both of the films ‘Bend it like Beckham’ and ‘Mean girls’ are well received by my age group as a teenager, however ‘Bend it like Beckham’ I feel has a broader audience range. This is because whilst it is suited to my age category, it also appeals as a family film.  
In the film ‘Mean girls’ Cady starts off as a shy innocent home schooled girl, as she starts Northshore high school it doesn’t take her long to fall into the path of a stereotypical teenage girl. Bend it like Beckham’s main part ‘Jessminder’ is represented differently from Cady in Mean girls. She has a traditional Indian cultured background, which disallows her to play football she is trying her best to get to the path of being a professional footballer; however her religion and her parents aren’t making this easy for her. Cady and Jessminder are similar in the way that they both ‘want something’.   Cady from the film Mean girls wants to be a part of the group so that she feels she belongs and feels ‘safe’, within the film this is a stereotypical view of teenage girls needing to be a part of a group of friends, to feel that they belong. In the film there are two people who challenge teenage stereotypes, ‘Janis’ and ‘Damien’. A good way of showing this is in the scene where...


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